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Search our blog if you're visiting Panama! From must do's, where to party or eat, to which beaches and hiking trails you shouldn't miss, you'll find great insider info about Bocas del Toro, Panama City and Boquete, as well as Panamanian culture, customs and traditions, and certainly tips and advice for learning Spanish while in our country! We've been writing about all things Panama for over 10 years and nothing beats local knowledge from the locals themselves.


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Blog Posts by Mary Beth Strawn

Not quite your typical 27-year old, Mary Beth Strawn left behind the stressful rat race in Atlanta, Georgia when she joined the Peace Corps in 2010. Since then, she has been in Boquete, Panama perfecting her Spanish, working with indigenous communities and becoming an expert in Panama's growing tourism industry. Now with a Panamanian partner, she has no plans to leave anytime soon. Who would want to leave this paradise?? In her free time, she plans future travel, plays with her husky puppy and undomesticated kitten, and works on her two personal blogs: Naïve to Cultured and please, child.

Panamanian Slang Expressions Part 2 | Street Spanish Used in Panama

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Click here to learn more about Panamanian Spanish… Slang is the use of informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speaker’s language or dialect but are considered acceptable in certain social settings. Slang expressions may act as euphemisms and may be used as a means of identifying with one’s peers. Click…

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Popular Panamanian Phrases and Idioms

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If you enjoy this post don’t miss my first post about Panamanian Slang Expressions here… and you can also checkout Part 2 of Spanish slang words used in Panama here… I happen to love cultural idioms. I grew up in the “good ‘ole South” in the United States, so along with a Southern drawl, we…

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Where to Have Dinner in Boquete? My Favorite Boquete Restaurants

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It’s quite amazing the number of restaurants in Boquete, and the variety! It’s really not a large town, but it’s become known in the Chiriqui region for it’s excellent restaurants. Not only do Boqueteños and tourists enjoy the selection, but also families and groups from David and even Panama City. The more the merrier! This…

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Walks to Parks in the Cangrejo and El Carmen Areas of Panama City

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For more things to do in Panama City check out this blog post… Although I enjoy the hustle-bustle of big cities, I always seem to scope out areas near parks to get my fill of nature and community. Thankfully our Panama City School is located within 20 minutes walking distance to two lovely parks (and…

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Top 10 Things to Know About Panamanian Culture

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For even more about the Panamanian culture, check out this post by my friend Evelyne… Truly learning a foreign language is more than just head knowledge. Sure, there are grammar rules to follow and vocabulary to learn, but this is only the start to building your understanding of a foreign language. Adapting to a new…

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